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plerount, à lever lour culets en lour garde par lour comondement et à. ceo deyvont ils estre jurés, sans nule bargeyn prendre de la dite comune.

8. Si ascun maudie jurés.

Item.—Use est, que si ascun maudie ascun des jurés ou met mayn sur lui, par kai la. pes nostre Seigneur le Roy soit trubblé, ait le bailif power de lui attacher et mettre en prison sanz déliverance faire, tank il a.vra. fait gré a la. comune par taxacion des autres jurés. Et auxi kil ne soit delivré tank il en ath fait gré al juré vers ki le trespas est fait com ils purount entre eux accorder, ou par taxacion de les autres jurés, et en mesme la. manere vers clerk ou serjant.

9. Contak en presence jurés.

Item.—Use est que si contak ou riote soit faict en présence des jurés ou de ascun juré, les dits jurés ou juré pount atacher les parties en mayntenonce de la. pees nostre Seigneur le Roy, et les amener à. prison et les délivrer à bailif ensemblement od la cause, et le dit bailif les receyvra et mettra en garde tank lun et lautre partie ount trovè bone sécurité de la. pees, et sur ceo soient ils délivrés et le serjant du bailif aura son fee de lun et lautre, et tiel atachement puet chescun juré faire en absence du bailifl

l0. Frank home puet destreyndre.

I tem.—Use est que chescun frank home receant deyns la, dite franchise puet destreyndre en absence de le bailif son foreyn detour par son chatel trové deyns la. dite franchise et le déliverer à bailif ove sa pleynte et le bailif receyvra la destresse et dorra. jour à les parties sur la. pleynte. Et fait à saver que nekedent

que le dit frank puet prendre destresse en la. manère susdit, il ne la. puet déliverer sanz bailif.

11. Le bailif ne brusera mandement. Items-Use est que à quele houre nostre Seigneur le Roy et. nostre gardeyn mande ces mandements as bailif et barons, 1e indenture shall remain in the hands of the executors; and the '

not break open the writs, except it be in the presence of" the jurats ; nor may the jurats break them open in the absence of the bailifi". If he bear a. charge, the bailiff shall cause the common horn to be blown at each corner of the town three times, and shall cause the said writ to be read in the place where he holds his courts. 12. Chattels of heirs.

I tem.-—It is used that in case a man and his wife, dwellers and free in the said town, have children between them free born, and the father and mother die, or the father die and the widow take another husband, or she die a widow, then the goods and chattels in the hands of the executors or administrators, found within the franchise, shall be seized by the jurats ; and they also (i. e., the executors or administrators) distrained by all their own chattels, until they (the jurats) have knowledge of the chattels which ought, of right, to come to the children, as well of the reasonable part, as of the part bequeathed. And when they have knowledge of the quantity of the said chattels, they shall deliver them to him who is the nearest of blood, to whom no inheritance can descend, who, of right, shall have the ward if he will sue for it, finding sufficient pledges; and he, and also his pledges shall be bound to the jurats, in the name of the commonalty, and to the executors, to answer for and deliver to the children their chattel when they come to their full age, and to keep without spoil or waste their lands and tenements which are within the franchise; and this bond shall be made by indenture, in three parts, and sealed with the common seal; of which indenture one part shall remain in the hutch (i. e. box) of the commonalty, to testify to the said thing ; and the second part of the

third part of the indenture in the hands of those who have the said children in ward; and in case that he who is nearest in blood is not willing to sue for the children to have the wardship, and to answer, as is above said, the jurats in maintenance of the franchise, shall deliver the said children, their chattels, their lands, and their tenements to another good and lawful man of the town,

bailif ne brusera les mandements si il ne soit en présence de jurés, ne les jurés deyvent bruser en absence du bailif. Si il porte charge, le bailif fera soner le corn comune à. chescun angle de la. vile iij foilz, et fera lyre le dit mandemcnt en lu ou yl tynt ses cours.

12. Chatteux de heires.

1tem.—Use est que en cas que homme et femme receants et frank deyns la. dite vile eyont enfants par entre eux frank engendrés, et le père et la mère devyont ou le père devye, et la. veve preigne autre mary, ou quele murge veve, soiont le bienz et les chatteux en les mayns de les exsecutours ou ministres trovés deyns la franchise par les jurés arescuz, et auxi par tut lour mesme chatel destreynt tank ils ayont conusance del chatel que avener deit de droit à les enfants, auxi com du rat porcion com de legat. Et quant ils ont conusance de la quantité du dit chatel, ils le delivereront à celui quest plus procheyu de sank, à ki nule heritage puet descendre, que de droit aura la garde si il voile pursure, trovont suflisants plegges, et lui et mesmes les plegges liês à les jurés en nom de la. comune et à les exsecutours à. respondre et deliverer à les enfants lour chatel, qant ils vignont à lour pleyne age et de lour teres et tenements que sont deyns la franchise sans estrep et wast garder. Et ceste liê sera fait per endenture en tres parties, et aselé du comune seal dount la une partie de lendenture demurera en le Hwch de la comune pur la dite chose tesmoigner, et la seconde partie de lendenture demurera en les mayns de les executours, et la tierce partie de lendenture en les mayns de eux qount les dits enfants en garde. Et en cas qe celui qest plus procheyn du sank ne voile pursure pur les enfants davoir la garde et de respondre com de sus est dit, les jurés, en mayntenonce de la franchise, les dits enfants lour chatteux lour teres et lour tenements delivereront à un autre bon et leal home de la vile, par mesme la securitê susdite. Et donk soit il quest plus procheyn de sank de la dite garde, pour totes jours forclos par cause de sa nounsute ou par cause de ses non sufiisant plegges.

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on the same security as above said ; and, thereupon, let him who is the nearest of blood be foreclosed of the said ward for ever, by reason of his nonsuit, or by reason of his insuficient pledges.

13. New bailiff Item.-It is used that, at what time there shall be no bailiff in

the town, the Archbishop of Canterbury shall send a bailiff, whomsoever he will, with a commission sealed with his great seal, together with a letter of intendance to the jurats of the town, and the said commission and letter shall be read in full court, assembled by the common horn; and with that the bailiff, in the said court, shall make an oath to the commonalty, dictated by one of the jurats, in this form :_-“ I, N.,_ bailiff, assigned by my lord the archbishop, in this port, shall maintain the franchise, and the usages of this port, and shall make lawful attachments and executions, according to the award and judgments of you barons ;” and otherwise he shall not be received. And if the said bailiff bear a commission sealed with any other seal than the great seal, he shall not be received ; and also, if he bring not a letter of inten

dance he shall not be received ; and, when a vacancy happens, our warden of the five ports shall send a bailiff with a commission and letter of intendance, sealed with the seal of olfice, and the said bailiff shall be sworn, and his commission and letter of intendance read, in full court, as is before said ; and be it known that at what time the said bailiff is sworn, he shall take a sergeant, one for whom he will answer, if need be, who shall be sworn, as is before said. 14. Of execution by the bailiff, and the penalty.

I tem.—It is used, that if the bailiff make any other execution than what the barons have adjudged, or against the usages of the town, which is against his oath made to the commonalty on the day of his reception, let him be distrained by the jurats until he shall have paid to the commonalty £10 sterling ; and if there be not whereof he may be distrained within the franchise to the value of £10, let them be levied by our warden as the charter of our lord the king grants to all the barons of the ports, in these words-“ Et prohibemus ne quis eos injuste disturbet neque mer

13. Novel bailif.

I tem.—Use est qe a qele houre qil ne soit ascun bailif deyns la vile, le Erceveske de Canterbyry mandera un bailif, li qil veudra ove comission aselé de son grant seal, ensemblement ove une letre dentendence a les jurés de la vile, et les dits comission et letre en pleyn court asemblé par le comune corn serount lus, et entre ceo en la dite court le bailif fera un serment Er la comune charge par un de les jurés en ceste fourme. “ Moi N. bailif assigné par mon seigneur lerceveske en cel port mayntenera la franchise et les usages de ceo port ct leal attachements et executions fera solom les agard et iugements de vous barons,” et autrement ne deit il estre receu. Et si le dit bailif porte comission aselé dautre seal qe del grant seal ne deit il estre receu. Et auxi si il ne porte letre dentendence ne deit il estre receu. Et qant vacacion soit notre gardeyn de V. ports mandera. un bailif od un comission et letre dentendence aselé de seal de oflice et deit le dit bailif estre juré, et ses comission et letre dentendence lus en pleyn court com devant est dit. . Et fait a savoir qe a qele houre que le dit bailif est juré il prendra un serjant tiel pur ki il vuet respondre si cas avyenge, li qil sera juré com devant est dit.

14. De execucion de bailif od la paine.

]tem.—Use est qe si le bailif face autre execucion qe les barons ount ajugé ou encountre les usages de la vile qest encountre son serment fait a la comune, le jour de sa receite, soit destreynt par les jurés tank il avera paié Z1. la comune x li. desterling, et si nest de kai estre destreynt deyns la franchise a la value de x li., soient ils levés par notre gardeyn com la chartre de notre Seigneur le Roy grante a tots barons des ports purparle enoy—“Et prohibemus nequis eos injuste disturbet neque mercatum eorum super forisfacturam x li.” Et auxi faire gré a lui sur ki il fet la tort execucion.

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